Tier IV — Republic P-43 Lancer
IV级 - 共和 P-43 枪骑兵
This aircraft represents a further development from the AP-4 which in turn was an evolutionary model of the P-35.
13 YP-43 fighters were ordered by the USAAC on 12th March 1939. Their armament was increased by installing two wing-mounted 7.62 mm machineguns. The R-1830-35 engine installed in YP-43’s provided up to 1200 hp at sea level and all the machines were equipped with turbochargers. Deliveries began in September 1940 and the last aircraft were shipped in April 1941.
Even though the YP-43 was becoming somewhat obsolete by 1941, the Army still ordered54 more machines under the P-43 designation. They were virtually identical to the YP-43.
Later the aircraft was modified into the P-43A which was armed with four 12.7 mm machineguns. They were also equipped with a different turbocharged engine that provided better power at altitude. In June 1941 the P-43A-1 series started production which was intended for export to China. This modification was able to carry a bomb load.
Nearly all the P-43A-1 fighters were shipped to China via the Lend Lease program.
US forces later modified the P-43 to serve in an aerial photo reconnaissance role. This was designated the P-43B and six of them were shipped to the Australian air
force in August 1942.
The Lancer retains all the typical traits of this branch of American multirole fighters. Excellent survivability and best in tier speed parameters allow it to strike at ground targets faster than any other class. The top configuration is very dangerous in aerial combat — four high caliber machineguns provide good firepower. A wide optimum altitude range and thrust-to-weight ratio make this machine effective at hit-and-run tactics. Keep in mind though that it’s still a heavy aircraft and is not as maneuverable as other multirole fighters, much less lighter ones. Nevertheless excellent dive dynamics and good roll speed will allow you to quickly disengage from an unfavorable situation. Also note that the P-43A inherited the “wet wings” scheme (fuel was contained directly inside the wings) so beware the fires.
枪骑兵保留了这条线的所有特点。优秀的生存能力和速度性能让它比其他飞机更快消灭地面目标。顶配的武装让它在空战中也变得非常危险 - 四挺12.7提供了良好的火力。很大的最佳高度范围和优秀的推重比让它能够有效执行掠袭战术。不过请记住，它仍然是一个笨重的多用途飞机 - 不像其他多用途飞机的机动性那么好，更不用说轻战了。不过出色的俯冲能力和滚转率让你能够快速脱离不利局面。还要注意的是P-43A继承了"湿翼(wet wings)"计划(燃料放在机翼内侧)，所以要小心火烛哦。